We perform sacred Vrat, Puja rituals, Rudrabhishek, offer Belpatra, Prasad, Jal and Panchamrit, dedicate to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati on Shravan Somvar, Sawan Shivratri or Maha Shivratri Vrat to get relief from Pitra Dosha.
Important Vrat and festivals/ Maha Shivratri Vrat 2022
Maha Shivratri Vrat or Falgun Maha Shivratri Vrat
Falgun Maha Shivratri Vrat will be observed on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Devotees observe fast (Vrata), visit a temple, small or big, perform Puja, holy Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek. They offer Prasad to Lord Shiva, chant Mantra, perform Arti to get blessings from Lord Shiva on Falgun Maha shivratri.
We pray and seek blessings to get rid of Pitra Dosh effects, prolonged illness and achieve health, wealth, happiness and all round prosperity.
According to Hindu Panchanga, all the Mondays of Shravan are considered very auspicious.
These are dedicated to Shiva for worshiping and the Tuesdays of Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati for Puja (prayers).
Mangala Gauri Vrat
Mangala Gauri Vrat is observed on Tuesdays of Shravan by women in India and Nepal for well being of their husband.
Dates for Mangala Gauri Vrat are observed on Tuesday, the next day after Shravan Somvar Vrat.
These dates for Mangala Gauri Vrat are: July 19, July 26, July 2 and July 9, 2022.
Raksha Bandhan, Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchami, Mangala Gauri Vrat, Sawan Shivaratri Vrat, and Hariyali Amavasya.
Hariyali Amavasya will be celebrated on Thursday July 28, 2022. This is a very important Tithi for snan-daan.
Hariyali Teej falls on Sunday, July 31, 2022, this year. Teej begins at 3: 59 AM and ends at 4:19 AM on August 1, 2022.
The other names of Hariyali Teej are Sawan Teej and Hariyali Teej.
Hariyali Teej is observed in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Rajasthan. Sawan Teej is also observed in Nepal with great enthusiasm.
This is considered very auspicious day for keeping fast for the safety and well-being of their family. Unmarried women, those who want to marry good husband also keep this fast.
Women enjoy this day by wearing green saree and ornaments, apply henna on their hands and get up in full makeup to look beautiful. They sing folk songs on swings.
Nag Panchami is on Shukla Paksha Panchami of Shravan, on August 2, 2022.
Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is observed by brothers and sisters on the last day of Shravan, i. e. Shravan Purnima.
Although Shravan Purnima begins on Thursday, 11th August, which it is under inauspicious Bhadra effect from Thursday morning. In order to avoid Bhadra tithi Raksha Bandhan should not be celebrated on this day.
Shravan Purnima will be present at the time of sunrise on Friday, so this festival will be celebrated on Friday morning, August 12, 2022.
Maha Shivratri Vrat, Puja and significance-Falgun, 2022
Maha Shivratri is believed to be the day of the marriage of Lord Shiv And Goddess Parvati.
Falgun Maas Shivaratri is one the most auspicious Tithi (day) for the devotees to worship Lord Shiva and perform Puja rituals in the month of Falgun.
Maha Shivratri Vrat 2022 commences for the devotees(Shav and Vaishnav) on Tuesday, 1 March.
Paran will be on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 (North India), this year.
This year’s Falgun Maha Shivratri Vrat begins on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Panchak Nakshatra.
It continues till the next day, i.e. on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, for the devotees (Shav and Vaishnava).
Paran Day will be on Wednesday 2 March 2022 (North India).
During the month of Falgun, Mahashivratri Vrat and Puja rituals are performed with great devotion in different parts of India and across the world.
This year’s Shivratri Vrat begins in the auspicious, Uttarashadha/ Shravan Nakshatra, the devotees will be blessed with a victory over enemies.
Some devotees called Vaishnav in North India celebrate Falgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi as Falgun Maha Shivaratri.
Devotees who cannot observe vrat for full day and night, have their Satvik meal (vegetarian, without food grains) only once in the evening after performing Puja and Arati.
Shivratri puja can be performed one time or four times during the night.
For this the whole night duration can be divided into four to get four Prahar to perform Shiva Puja four times.
Nishith Kaal Puja
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How to perform Puja to please Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Observing fast and performing Puja on Falgun Maha Shivratri/Shravan Shivratri and all the four/five Mondays in Sawan Maas.
It is performed with Dhatura, Belpatra (Belua-Patra), Bel-fruit Akshat(unbroken rice)flowers, fruits(Ber and other seasonal fruits), sweets for offering.
People should arrange Chandan, Dhupa-deep, Camphor for Aarti, Kusha grass for sprinkling, a spoon.
Devotees should offer Jal- mixed with Gangajal (Holy water), unboiled milk added to Jal, sugarcane juice, Panchamruta (Honey, Ghee, Sugar, milk, and curd).
Chant Shiv Rudrabhishek Stotram/ Stuti:
Chanting Rudrabhishek Stuti to please Lord Shiva will be helpful to those suffering from Pitra Dosha. Shivratri Puja is performed at night also.
Rudrabhishek Stotram is as follows:
Shri Shiv Rudrasṭakam
Namami shamishan nirvan rupam vibhum vyapakam Brahma veda swaroopam, nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham chidakashmakash vasam bhajeham ||1||
Nirakar omkar mulam turiyam gira gyan gotitamisham girisham,karalam mahakal kalam kripalam gunagar sansar param natoaham ||2||
Tusharadri sankash gauram gabhiram, mano bhuta koti prabha shri shriram sphuranmauli kallolini charu ganga lasad bhal balendu kanthe bhujanga ||3 ||
Chalat kundalam bhru sunetram vishalam prasannananam nilkantham, dayalam mrigadhish charmambarm munḍa malam priyam Shankaram Sarvanatham bhajami ||4 ||
Prachandam prakrishtam pragalbham paresham, akhandam ajam bhanukotiprakasham trayaha shoola nirmulanam shulapanim bhajeham bhavanipatim bhavagamyam ||5||
Kaalatita kalyan kalpantakari sada sajjananandadata purari, chidananda sandoha mohapahari prasida prasida prabho manmathari || 6 ||
Na yavat Umanath padaravindam bhajantiha loke pare va naranaam na tavat, sukham shanti santap nasham prasid prabho sarvabhootadhivasam ||7||
Na janami yogam japam naiva pujam natoaham sada sarvada Shambhuha tubhyam, jara janma duhkhaugh tatapyamanam prabho pahi apannamameesha Shambho || 8 ||
For Jal-Abhishek or offering holy water to Lord Shiva, the water (Jal) should be added to the little amount of uncooked milk.
It should be put in the brass vessel (Jal-Patra) for Jal-Abhishek or offering holy water to Lord Shiva.
Note: Copper vessel should never be used as Jal-Patra for this Jal (milk and water), as it is considered contaminated.
The date for Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek on Falgun Maha Shivratri
For Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek, the auspicious time begins at night on Monday, Falgun Maas, Mahashivratri on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Devotees and Kanwariya, who carry Jal in Kanwar or holy pots for offering Jal to God Shiva, come from far off places on their feet.
They visit holy temples of Kashi, Allahabad, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Ujjain, Char-dham, Trimbakeshwar temple, Baba Vaidyanath temple in Devghar, Babul Nath Mandir in South Mumbai in India.
Devotees also visit to the temples of the other cities of the world.
Shravan Shivratri Vrat or Sawan Shivratri Vrat and Puja 2022
Sawan Shivratri or Shravan Shivratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri (Maa Parvati). As this Shivaratri falls during Shravan Maas(month) it is also called Sawan Shivratri.
Sawan Pradosh Vrat falls on Monday July 25, 2022. This day is very important for fasting and performing Puja rituals to get blessings from Lord Shiva.
This year Shravan Shivratri is being celebrated on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 from 06:50 PM till 09:10 PM, Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
Shivratri is celebrated as Sawan Shivratri on Trayodashi in Shravan Maas in Eastern, central and North Indian states.
Sawan Shanivar will be observed August 6, 2022. This day is very important as this is the last Shanivar of Sawan Mass.
Shravan starts fifteen days earlier in North Indian states as people of these states follow Purnimant calendar.
These states where Purnimant Lunar Calendar is followed are Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Devotees should do both Shiva Puja and Parana (finish the fast) within the Chaturdashi Tithi.
Shravan Shivratri Vrat/ Significance
Shravan, the fifth month of Hindu calendar is considered the most auspicious month for the devotion of Lord Shiva.
Sawan Shivratri is one of the most significant Shivratri as this day (Tithi) is believed to be the day of union of two great forces in the universe, i.e. Lord Shiva and Shakti (Goddess Parvati).
People observe fast, visit famous temples for performing Puja rituals and Rudrabhishek on this auspicious Tithi, in India, Nepal and other countries of the world.
Devotees come from different places in a large number, travel on their feet and take Kanwar filled with holy water (jal) on their shoulders. They offer this Jal to Shivling and Maa Parvati.
Shivratri Puja blesses with good health, wealth, peace, prosperity and peaceful married life to the devotees.
Shravan Somvar Vrat/ dates, 2022
According to Purnimanta Calendar the Shravan begins on 14 July 2022.
There will be four holy Monday in the month of Sawan,(Shravan).
The first Shravan Somvar Vrat begins on Monday, 18 July, 2022.
The second Shravan Somvar Vrat is on Monday, 25 July, 2022, which is very significant because of Sawan Pradosh Vrat.
Next and the third Shravan Somvar Vrat is on the first Monday of August, which happens on 1st August, 2022.
Fourth and the last Shravan Somvar Vrat is on Monday, August 8, 2022 (Purnimanta calendar).
Shravan Somvar Vrat will be observed in Punjab, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and all North India.
Devotees observe fast, visit a temple, perform Puja, holy Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek.
They offer Prasad to Lord Shiva, chant Mantra, perform Arti to get blessings from Lord Shiva on all the Mondays of Sawan.
Those who cannot visit Shiva temple or perform Puja rituals on Shravan- Monday, may visit Shiva temple to perform Puja on any day during the holy month of Shravan.
Dates for four Sawan Somvar Vrat or Shravan Somvar Vrat, 2022, based on Purnimanta calendar.
18th July, 2022: 1st Shravan Somvar Vrat.
25th July, 2022: 2nd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
1st August, 2022: 3rd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
8th August, 2022: 4th Shravan Somvar Vrat.
Shravan ends on 12th August, 2022 (Northern India )
Dates for four Shravan Somvar Vrat, 2022, based on Amavasyanta calendar are as follows:
According to Amavasyanta Calendar the Shravan begins on 29 July, 2022 and the last day of Shravan is 27th August 2022.
In other states located in the south and Western India, it comes fifteen days later as people follow Amavasyanta calendar.
Names of these states are Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu the Shravan month begins on 29 July, 2022.
Shravan Maas ends on 27th August 2022 based on Amavasyanta calendar.
In Southern and Western Indian States, the four Shravan Somvar Vrat dates (4 Mondays) are as follow:
1st August, 2022- 1st Shravan Somvar Vrat.
8th August, 2022- 2nd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
15th August, 2022- 3rd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
22nd August, 2022- 4th Shravan Somvar Vrat.
27th August (Saturday), 2022 is the last day of Shravan Maas(month), according to the Amavasyanta calendar.
Sawan Somvar/Shravan Somvar Vrat and significance
It is believed that the long-awaited desires of the devotees are fulfilled by observing Vrat and worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Keeping fast on all the Mondays of Shravan, performing Jalabhishek, Rudrabhishek and Puja rituals during this month brings peace, prosperity, marital bliss, and good health to the devotees with the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Female devotees, mainly unmarried girls waiting to get married, also observe fast (Vrat) for consecutive sixteen Mondays or Solah Somvar Vrat.
Solah Somvar Vrat start from the first Monday of Sawan. They may get married soon with these remedial measures.
Some devotees have their Satvik meal (vegetarian) only once in the evening after performing Puja and Arati.
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The significance of Solah Somvar Vrat or fast for sixteen Mondays
If you are facing denial of marriage repeatedly, you should keep fast for sixteen consecutive Mondays or Shravan Somvar Vrata, starting from Shravan month.
The other name of Shravan Somvar Vrat is ‘Solah Somvar Vrat’.
To perform Puja rituals, offer sacred water on Shivling in a Shiva temple and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Perform Puja of Lord Ganesha and Nandi.
You should keep fast on Shravan Somvar, during the holy Shravan month and perform Puja rituals.
Offer sacred water on Shivling in a Shiva temple and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
While in other states, which follow Amavasyanta calendar, Shravan comes late by a fortnight, this Shivratri is observed in the Ashadha Maas, known as Ashadha Shivaratri.
These states are Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu